Q. How do projects on Coursera work?
A custom cloud desktop accessed in the browser allows instructors to teach Windows, Linux or web apps through a browser. All relevant software and data is preconfigured on the cloud desktops, so learners don’t have to set up or configure anything.
There can be thousands of concurrent learners, and they interact with real software. Learners watch and follow visual instructions, ask questions, and complete hands-on challenges to demonstrate knowledge and skills.
Curious about what this looks like? Check out screenshots here.
Q: What are hands-on projects and how can learners work on one?
Hands-on projects provide learners a way to get more practice applying a skill. Learners who take a hands-on project work on a task in their browser while following a self-paced or live guided session with no additional set-up or download required. Learners can find hands-on projects by browsing the catalog and typing in “Rhyme” in the search field.
Q. How does a student's progress on a project show up in the admin reports? Are project completions counted as course completions?
Projects are like courses, so completion does show up in the admin reports. There is only one quiz used, so it is a zero or one in terms of completion.
Q. How many times can you get a project “wrong”?
A project is just a hands-on session. There is no question that we are asking you to answer or answer multiple times. For example, in the project, we show you how to create a chart. The assessment or quiz is in Coursera.
Q. Is there a maximum amount of time for projects?
Our general guidance is 45 minutes per project, and they are mostly under one hour in duration. Learners get a limited number of virtual machine sessions per project, so we encourage learners to complete their project in one sitting.
Q. What are the subject areas of the projects?
Projects can be in any subject area involving technical tools or business software. Currently, the subject areas we have available in projects are focused on data science, machine learning and analytics. In terms of the breakdown of subject area domains, ~60 of 80 available projects at the end of Q1 will be in machine learning topics.
Q. What level are they available at?
Projects are available for all levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Q. What skills are learners learning?
Skills will be tagged to projects, so you can see what skills they are learning. Top projects will currently encompass data science, machine learning and analytics skills.
Q. How are skills measured?
At the end of a project, there is a multiple choice quiz for the project, and specific skills would be attached to the project.
Q. What will my learners see?
Currently, learners will see Projects in the catalog listed as courses authored by Rhyme. They can enroll in and go to the course.
Q. Do I need to add Rhyme.com to my firewall “whitelist”?
Yes, we recommend whitelisting "Rhyme.com". This will help avoid potential platform access issues.
Q. How do I find Rhyme projects?
The easiest way to find projects is to type "Rhyme" in the course search field. Results will include all publicly-available projects.
Q. Can Rhyme projects be taken on Internet Explorer?
Projects won’t work for learners on Internet Explorer or mobile browsers. They will work on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari on desktop or on laptops.
Q. Can Rhyme projects be taken on mobile devices?
Mobile devices are not large enough to see both the learner and instructor screens. When an input is required, the keyboard itself takes up a lot of the device screen. Moreover, many desktop applications used in projects aren't friendly to mobile devices' touch interfaces.
Q. Do Rhyme projects show up in my standard reports?
Yes, projects will surface as a course in standard reports, but are not surfaced in skills dashboards.